The Best Portable Air Conditioners Will Keep Your Studio Cool

Cooling a studio space is important for the artist and often for the artworks themselves. But if you occupy or share a lofty, sprawling place, cooling can be difficult and costly. A portable air-conditioning unit allows you to direct cool air to the area where you’re working, or, depending on the size of your space, the entire room. Most quality picks on the market operate as three-in-ones: One unit gets you A/C, a dehumidifier, and a fan. While shopping for the right portable air conditioner, keep the size of your space in mind: A model that’s too powerful is not just wasteful but can create dramatically dropping temps and extreme humidity. The U.S. Department of Energy’s 2017 guidelines for rating Btus (a measurement of cooling capacity), which update earlier guidelines and are based on actual rather than theoretical performance, can help with this. Many units list new (designated “DOE” or “SACC”) and old Btu measurements; we provide the new ratings wherever possible for our top choices, below.


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